2019 Audi E-tron earns IIHS’ first Top Safety Pick+ award for an electric car

15 Aug
2019 Audi E-tron IIHS crash testThe first electric car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award is the 2019 Audi E-Tron, the insurance industry-funded group announced Wednesday. The IIHS said the E-tron crossover earned top "Good" scores in every crash test, including the driver- and passenger-side small overlap crash tests. The group noted that every...

2019 Lexus NX aces IIHS tests, earns Top Safety Pick+ nod

13 Aug
2019 Lexus NX F Sport Black Line Special EditionThe 2019 Lexus NX earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced Monday. The NX earned the institute's highest safety nod thanks to excellent standard headlights and "Superior" scores for forward collision avoidance. While 2015-2018 models earned above-average marks, the award applies...

IIHS study shows knee airbags may not reduce injury in crashes

7 Aug
IIHS knee airbag studyMore airbags may not be better. An IIHS study released Wednesday concluded that knee airbags didn't significantly reduce the risk of injury in real-world crashes, and test data from the agency may show that the supplemental airbags may have increased injury rates in certain crashes performed by the insurance industry-funded agency. “There...

2019 Toyota RAV4 is a Top Safety Pick+, with a catch

1 Aug
2019 Toyota RAV4 HybridThe redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating, the agency announced Thursday. However, that rating doesn't apply to all cars. Instead, that honor only applies to the RAV4 Hybrid. In the insurance industry-funded firm's crash tests, the compact crossover aced all six tests. They include the standard barrage of tests...

2020 Kia Telluride is a Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights

23 Jul
2020 Kia TellurideSafety-conscious car shoppers have another SUV to put on their list. The 2020 Kia Telluride is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but there's a catch. The SUV earned the award, but only when equipped with specific headlights. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, vehicles must earn "Good" ratings in at least five of the six crashworthiness tests. The...

Imagine a world without stoplights; IIHS says roundabouts may be safer than intersections

22 Jul
Traffic roundabout Photo: IIHSRoundabouts, traffic circles, rotaries, whatever they're called, the IIHS has delivered good news: they may create safer roads for drivers. A new study from the insurance industry-funded safety group found roundabouts not only helped reduce crashes in areas that would typically employ a traditional intersection but also they nearly eliminate the...

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid earns coveted Top Safety Pick+

19 Jul
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid did all the right things for the IIHS to name it a Top Safety Pick+ this week, its highest honor. Unlike the Top Safety Pick award, the Top Safety Pick+ requires a "Good" rating in each of the insurance industry-funded safety group's crash tests. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid did just that with a "Good" rating in the...

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross earns IIHS award

17 Jul
2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossThe IIHS has given consumers reason to consider the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross crossover: its safety. The Eclipse Cross walked away from the insurance industry-funded safety group's barrage of tests with a Top Safety Pick award, though that's shy of the Top Safety Pick+ honor. To earn a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must score a "Good" rating in...

2019 Ford Ranger nearly aces crash tests from IIHS, headlights falter

3 Jul
2019 Ford RangerThe 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck performed well in crash tests by the insurance-funded IIHS—including the new small-overlap passenger-side crash—the agency reported last month. The rating applies to four-door Crew Cab models, which are more popular with shoppers. A "Marginal" rating for the pickup's headlights in all models...

2020 Kia Soul earns Top Safety Pick+ with optional equipment

27 Jun
2020 Kia SoulThe 2020 Kia Soul is a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with certain headlights and optional active safety technology. To earn the top accolade from the insurance industry-funded IIHS, a vehicle must score a "Good" rating in all six crashworthiness tests. The 2020 Soul's results marked an improvement over the 2019 model year when the hatchback...